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Joan Tower

Publisher: AMP

Stepping Stones (1993)
Commissioned for Milwaukee Ballet with funding from Meet-the-Composer's Composer/Choreographer Project.
Associated Music Publishers Inc
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25 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration

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Programme Note
Joan Tower Stepping Stones (1993)
Joan Tower’s ballet Stepping Stones was commissioned by the Milwaukee Ballet in 1991.

Composer Note:

As a composer, I’ve always thought of myself as a closet choreographer. Texture, space, speed, direction, all the words that apply to dance also apply to music.

—Joan Tower

A recorded version for two-pianos and synthetic percussion exists.

  • Ensemble
    Double Edge
    Edmund Niemann and Nurit Tilles, pianos
    New World Records:
  • 09 JUN 2011
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Suzanne Farrell Ballet

    Other Dates:
    10,11 June - Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 28 APR 2011
    Arlington, VA
    The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

    Other Dates:
    30 April - Arlington, VA
  • 29 APR 2010
    New York, NY
    Suzanne Farrell Ballet

    Other Dates:
    28,30 April 2011 - New York, NY

Breath-taking....Stepping Stones was a double premiere: Joan Tower's music, with its quiet lyricism in a display of brass and percussion, was composed especially for the Posin choreography.
Jay Josyn, Milwaukee Sentinel,01/01/0001
Stunning geometry, clever rhythms, inventive moves, striking shapes, athletic challenge....The main thing is the way all of this ebbs and flows with Joan Tower's rhythmically and harmonically muscular score to a climax more transcendant than passionate.
Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal,01/01/0001
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